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IP Overlaps: Did The Court Get it Wrong in Micolube?


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I would argue yes! Well, at least on one count. Otherwise, it’s a very fine decision with well-articulated and sound legal propositions. But first a bit of background, drawn unabashedly from my chapter in “Overlapping IP rights”, a book jointly edited with Neil Wilkof. Background to Micolube Dispute “In M/S Micolube India Limited v Rakesh Kumar Trading As Saurabh, the plaintiffs, engaged in the business of manufacturing and selling petroleum products, sought an interim injunction against the defendants who sold…


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Academic Plagiarism Scores Hatrick in India!


Chandra Krishnamurthy: Vice Chancellor of Pondicherry University

Chandra Krishnamurthy, the erstwhile Vice-Chancellor of National Law University Orissa & currently the Vice-Chancellor of Pondicherry University is the latest in the series of academics who have been accused of plagiarism. Earlier this month, Deepak Pental (Ex- Vice Chancellor of Delhi University) & Abhijit Chakrabarti (Vice- Chancellor of Jadavpur University) were accused of plagiarism. This makes Krishnamurthy the third academic in India to be accused of plagiarism in a single month. It is alleged that Krishnamurthy in her book, ‘Legal…


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Spicy IP Tidbit: Rajinikanth’s ‘Lingaa’ in Copyright Trouble


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Rajinikanth-starrer ‘Lingaa’ which hits the theatres on 12th December has run into legal trouble ahead of its release. An aspiring film maker, K.R. Ravi Rathinam, filed a case in the Madras High Court (Madurai Bench) alleging that the director of ‘Lingaa’ stole his script. The petitioner alleged that the script is from his yet-to-be-released Tamil film titled ‘Mulai Vanam 999’; the petitioner claimed that the story is based on the life of a British engineer who was the brain behind…


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Spicy IP Tidbit: Ex-VC of Delhi University jailed over plagiarism charges!


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Ex- Vice Chancellor of Delhi University, Deepak Pental, was recently sent to jail by a city court over charges of plagiarism and forgery. The complaint had been filed by professor P Parthasarthy, who had accused Pental and a PhD student of plagiarizing his paper on biotechnology and publishing it as their own in 2000-2002. Subsequently, the additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate had ordered Pental’s arrest under section 63 of the Copyright Act, 1957 (section 63 provides for prosecution for infringement of…


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Spicy IP Tidbit: Chetan Bhagat Accused of Plagiarism


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Chetan Bhagat has run into copyright trouble over his latest book ‘Half Girlfriend’; the author has been sued by Dr. Birbal Jha, an English scholar from Bihar, who claims that Chetan Bhagat stole the story for Half Girlfriend from his play ‘Englishia Boli’. The complainant is a Director of British Lingua, a spoken English institute in Patna. Dr. Jha claims that Chetan Bhagat had visited his institute in Bihar earlier this year and had watched a performance of the play….


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SpicyIP Weekly Review (17th November to 23rd November, 2014)


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Spicy IP Highlight of the Week! The Highlight of the Week was Rupali’s post on the Delhi High Court judgment in Ericsson v. Micromax fixing interim royalty rates on FRANDLY licensing terms; the Court also fixed December 31st as the last date for trial of the suit. The week began with me reporting that the IPR think tank, which was constituted by DIPP to draft a national IPR policy, has invited comments to be submitted in respect of the policy;…


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9th Pan European Intellectual Property Summit, 2014 at Brussels on December 4th &5th


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We are pleased to remind our readers about the 9th Pan European Intellectual Property Summit that is scheduled to be held at Brussels on December 4 and 5, 2014. Organised by the think tank, Premier Cercle, the Summit has 130+ speakers and 600+ delegates from 50+ countries. The participants come from a wide range of areas including corporate participants, representatives of Governments, institutions, NGOs, lawyers, academicians and other IP Service Providers. The Summit is dedicated to discussing the latest topics…


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SpicyIP Tidbit: Head hunting for the Intellectual Property Office begins


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The appointment procedure for a new Controller General at the IPO is underway ! Last week, the Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) issued a notice inviting applications for the post of Controller General of Patents, Designs & Trade Marks (CGPDTM). You may read the notice here. This also means that Chaitanya Prasad, the current CGPDTM will be leaving office soon. Chaitanya Prasad joined the IP Office in March 2012. He had succeeded the illustrious P.H. Kurien (who was credited…


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SpicyIP Weekly Review (10th to 16th November, 2014)


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The week with the Dasatinib CL Controversy The week’s SpicyIP highlight of the week was Shamnad Sir’s post on the Dasatinib CL controversy. He writes about the various methods that are available to get an otherwise unaffordable drug within the reach of the masses and also brings to light a scoop that we had obtained containing a few questions that the DIPP had asked the Health Ministry, strongly indicating a restrictive interpretation of S.92. He concludes his post wondering why…


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2014 Access to Medicines Index- GSK Leads; Overall Improvement in Performance of Pharma Industry


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The Access to Medicines Foundation, a Dutch NGO has released its biennial Access to Medicines Index for the year 2014, on November 17th, 2014. The Index analysis the top 20 pharmaceutical companies in the world and ranks them according to their efforts in improving Access to Medicines. GSK has emerged on top for the fourth time in a row, followed by Novo Nordisk.  Sanofi and Pfizer have fallen most significantly in rankings. (See SpicyIP’s coverage of the 2008 Index here)….


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